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Water and Health

December, 2014
Our 2014 Water and Health Conference was a great success! 530 participants from 31 countries came together October 13-17 to consider drinking water supply, sanitation, and hygiene, and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds. Archives and products from this year’s conference, including videos, are available at


Human Rights Day

December, 2014
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 to bring attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. Researchers at The Water Institute at UNC have published on this topic in many journals. See our work on the human right to water and sanitation here.


Meet a Researcher

October, 2014
One of our affiliated students Edema Ojomo was recently interviewed about her water research on three continents and her motivations for working in this field. Raised in Nigeria, Edema is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC. In this interview, which was featured on the UNC homepage, she shares some of her insights.


Future Technology Contest Winner Announced

October, 2014
The Future Technologies for Water Competition, sponsored by the Takata Corporation, sought to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with wide-scale applicability. We received over 70 entries from 27 countries. This year’s winner, Team Espresso (pictured left), received $15,000 at The Water Institute’s annual Water and Health Conference. The runner-up, Team Planktos, was awarded $5,000.


Project News Featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education

October, 2014
The Water Institute is collaborating with the International WaterCentre, Monash University, University of the South Pacific and Live and Learn on a new project funded by the Australian Government to inform the development of sustainable, demand-driven water and sanitation services. The project was recently featured in an article entitled “Clean Business” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


The Water Institute Launches Water Safety Course

June, 2014
The Water Institute is offering a distance learning course on Water Safety Planning, the process of identifying and addressing threats to the acceptability and safety of water supplies. The course is designed for those with management, engineering or operational responsibilities in the water supply industry. For more information, email



Senior Government Officials Discuss Decision-Making

March, 2013
The Water Institute and the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina (UNC) hosted senior government officials from six African countries to discuss government decision-making related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH). The meeting was financially supported by UNC, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Netherlands, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can read a summary in both English and French.


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